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Enduro; it’s just like riding with your mates. This is an expression people have been saying a lot over the last couple of years. And it is…provided your mates like riding the most technical trails in a given location, without much practice or padding. Riders have also shifted from a ‘no right bike’ mentality in the last two years to embracing whole new product lines of Enduro inspired trail bikes, helmets, packs, sticker kits and clothing so bright that road riders have resorted to wearing mostly black. Read More

“Good event Simon?” asked Simon’s mate on Facebook after the opening round of the Rocky Trail Entertainment #Enduro Rollercoaster Series. “Yeh definitely, had a good time, was like racing DH in the old days, everyone was nice and no attitudes,” came the reply. Read More

The Rapha Women’s City Collection represents the diverse range of activities and lifestyle choices embodied by female riders, blended with an aesthetic that hits the mark in other social and professional environments. On testing a selection of items from the range for Bike Radar I was pleased to find that the collection also excels in terms of practicality. It was far more durable that we expected too. Read More

“The empowerment theme is a big one in women’s cycling at the moment. Done well, the range of women’s riding desires and experiences gain visibility, traction and respect. Done badly, conversations descend into debates about product names, colour choices and whether ‘women’s specific’ products are really necessary.
“The Specialized Rumor Evo 29 rises above debates about what women’s riding should or shouldn’t be and lets ladies’ actions do the talking instead. Besides, anyone shelling out nearly $6K for a bike is likely to be more interested in how it rides than how it looks. If you were to rank the Rumor’s success on an empowerment scale of 1-10, it sends the measuring system through the roof and into outer space.”

I enjoyed every minute on board this bike. Read the full review on Flow Mountain Bike.

Image: Wade Lewis

Traveling through Tropical North Queensland is an experience that remains with you forever. It’s rich in lush, jungle vegetation, iconic Australian creatures, and an expanding network of world class mountain bike trails; trails that have changed mountain biking on a global scale. Read More

Stories developed for an internet readership don’t go very far without great images. While working in Tropical North Queensland recently one of many highs was spending a day with photographer Wade Lewis shooting images of the expanding trail network in the Atherton Tablelands.

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Three weeks, three conferences and one interdisciplinary research day. Each gathering brought together academic thinkers from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds. Conversation was rich, ideas were shared generously, new working relationships were developed and momentum was built for a busy period of writing ahead. Read More

In winter this year I received a call from Capo Australia’s John Sunde. He was curious to hear my thoughts on the company’s women’s range and how to grow its appeal.

John is one of those people in the cycling industry who is justifiably passionate about the products they sell. We had long chat about the brand’s women’s range, its reach (current and potential) and the marketing opportunities provided by the changing social media landscape. I enjoyed being able to offer some insights in these areas and learning more about how things operate at John’s end. Read More

‘Wooowwww!…’

This word has become my standard reply to everything over the last few days. Not very articulate for a writer, but a result of adventure tourism leveling out my brain to a state of wide-eyed calm. Read More